Open Source Project Managers Can Keep You on Track

by Ostatic Staff - Feb. 23, 2016

When you're collaborating with other people who may be at disparate locations around the world, sometimes you need collaboration software to manage projects and keep workflows humming along. Open source project managers can be just the ticket for these needs. Collabtive is one tool that we've covered in this area, and an increasingly popular one is OpenProject. These have several features that make them competitive with proprietary alternatives.

As Lisa Hoover noted here: "Collabtive can handle unlimited projects, tasks, lists, and milestones, and there's no cap on the number of team members that can access the project manager. Each user desktop gives an overview of projects, tasks, messages and a calendar. It's easy to minimize the modules or export data with just one click."

Meanwhile, OpenProject 5.0.15 was just released this month. According to its community members

"Keeping track of all relevant data within a complex project environment without being drowned by too much information – this is still a challenge for all of us within our daily business. OpenProject can support project teams throughout the whole project life-cycle. How did OpenProject evolve throughout the last year and how can OpenProject help to efficiently plan, steer and communicate within project teams?"

"With its latest major release, OpenProject introduced new features for efficient team collaboration. The work packages module has been completely re-built as a single-page-application in AngularJS, enabling users to create and manage their project work and monitor the progress even more easily and quickly. A new split screen view allows users to view and edit tasks while keeping an eye on the overall work list at the same time. The split screen view as well as the full screen view can now be updated directly in-place without having to switch to a separate update view. This safes valuable time for daily tasks or requirements management."

"The software is now available in multiple languages. Thanks to an active open source community, OpenProject is being translated into more than 30 languages already, among them e.g. Portuguese (BR), Spanish, and Chinese. A connection to the translation platform CrowdIn enables an automatic integration of all new translations. A new landing page offers entrance points to the most important features, settings and links to help resources and further information."

You can find OpenProject on GitHub, and it is worth experimenting with. And, we covered additional open project managers here.